Originally Posted by sladi75
Dune HD TV-303D is pretty impeccable 1080p video/audio -network mediaplayer. On newest firmware (july 2015) it´s sheer playback robustness/stability is something others can just watch and learn. Yes. Including Kodi 15.2 Isengard, too. On whatever hardware debugging-platform it may run.
Keeping audio and video in precise 23.976 Hz -synch is especially the area, where Dune gives lesson for Kodi & other lesser players. Showing how true videophile -class embedded device deals with it. Its performance is, with one word, flawless (from SMB-network link / MKV-container).
Kodi has random synching problems, especially now on this 15.xx Isengard, from where those dev-geniuses removed AV-synch -method-options entirely. Kodi now makes very audible re-synching audio glitches now and then. It can´t also no more pass my pure 23.976 -framerate test (on Intel HD Graphics 4600 -GPU).
TV-303D´s newest firmware is from july 2015. Worth to upgrade, refines its playback capabilities to current maximum.
P.S. Dune is the player for true videophiles, who actually WATCH their videos.
True videophile = ZERO player originated hickups allowed.
Actually watching = on awaken state, both eye-balls open & audio on, focusing on played content. NOT staring the UI of the player/tweak add-ons all the time.
Dune´s plain UI-looks may not plead to current backround-watcher-multitasking-ADHD-mobile -generation of users, though. Sleeker UI-looks, ton of unnecessary features/customization options/add-ons and ecpecially availability as freeware override true video playback finesse. The saddest fact for Kodi -people is, that freeware software and random hardware that is running it, can never match dedicated embedded device (like Dune HD TV-303D), when it comes to actual videophile-class playback virtues.
It can have 100000 add-ons, 100000 custom skins, its version number can increase on every month, and it may be able to be installed FOR FREE to coffee maker/alarm clock/smart WC-seat. But in actually important videophile-virtues, embedded i.e. dedicated simpler device just prevails.
I appreciate your sentiments about the Dune. I had a Dune a while back (Dune Base 3) and it served me quite well. However, in my case, it became redundant as I had stored media files on a NAS and also have an Oppo Blue Ray player that serves up the network connected files. The Dune is still in use but by another who reminds me what a great gift it was.
The Dune series offers excellent play of 1080p files. The Sigma chip seems to do magic with all sorts of files thrown at it. However, I don't discount Kodi (XBMC) which also does well by me on a computer with Linux. Depending on what I am playing, the results can be indistinguishable from the Dune playback. As well, the Oppo actually does a better job than the Dune but most people wouldn't notice. Of the latter, all three for typical users seem similar enough that they get a great viewing experience.
Kodi as noted, isn't just sitting on Intel chips anymore. Presently it works quite well on the NVidia TV Shield and soon to have HD audio pass through. I believe Kodi deserves the high praise it has gotten for both product and spawning the likes of Plex as well as getting more people into having their own media files (since so many want nice screens and easy like streaming).
I consider Oppo and Dune to be top choice playback and Kodi right behind when sitting on the right hardware. Then again, for presentation, Kodi trounces both Oppo and Dune and there really (you identified this) no comparison of screens. The Kodi presentation evidently was popular enough for people to make 3rd party add ons for Dune like the cumbersome Zapitti.
My ideal device might be a cross between the Oppo (Darby edition) with the Dune and a Kodi front end for guests.
In the meanwhile, I wish all Dune users a very happy and joyous holiday and many years of good Dune use.